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and lou, the internal revenue service is not corrupt. it's a criminal enterprise. e-mail me or follow us on twitter. i've done combat deployment. >> explosive weapons officer. >> we had six ail ban yans. >> he just shot me. >> tbi, i had an ied blast. >> i had a lot of problems sleeping, nightmares. >> the person that came home was not the person that left. >> he was more distant. it wasn't the man i married. >> we've had them come off the airplane fighting. >> i wanted to just leave the situation. >> you just wonder how in the world are you going to get through the week with this. >> we haven't had a chance to get away and work on our relationship. >> their bodies are broken but
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these marriages can be healed. >> all over the world seeing jungles and deserts, this is just paradise. welcome to alaska, home to a very special kind of retreat created to heal our patriots and their spouses. we're going to take fishing, kayaking and bear watching and some of the bravest heros try to start a new beginning. they've made enormous sacrifices for us and it's time to help us. we're here to help see what samaritans purse is going to help the patriots. this is 150 miles of anchorage and for ten wounded service members and their spouses, it is
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home for the next week. >> nice to meet you. >> hi. >> thank you. >> i like your sign, thank you guys. >> if we can send people to space, if we can do all of these things that we've done as a nation, certainly we ought to be able to find ways to deal with the pain that these men and women are going through because of the injuries they have suffered defending our nation. >> reverend franklin graham is the president of samaritan's purse which funds the lodge. >> my youngest son served seven tours. he was wounded on his third deployment, so jane and i understand just a little bit of what these families go through and the hartship it is on the family. >> do you remember the date you were injured? >> i do like it was yesterday. 2 may of 2009. >> sergeant first class chuck armsteady was injured on his first combat tour in iraq. >> he was on a combat outpost
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just south of mozul and it was my platoon's time to pull guard. i happened to be upstairs initially and i heard a gunshot, and i soldiers knew if something happened to just call me on the radio and let me know what was going on. no one ever called so i walk outside and i'm going to find out what's going on to check on him, make sure he's okay. i walked outside, didn't see anybody at the gate, didn't see him. so i started to proceed to walk further and out steps on iraqi from behind the vehicle with an ak and he just shot me, shot me in the stomach. it went through, shattered my hip, pretty much came out the other side of my butt cheek, pretty much paralyzed me from the waist down. they gave me no more than two hours to live once i got there. it shattered my hip and hit an artery in there so i bled out and they couldn't get any
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circulation to my leg anymore, so they had to cut their way. >> anyone killed? >> three wounded that day. i was one of three wounded and two others did not make it that day. >> unfortunately, chuck's story is far from rare. the department of defense estimates 52,000 u.s. service members have been wounded in iraq and afghanistan. what happened to you? >> i just didn't run fast enough. i mean, that's all you could say. just, the building that we had got hit by some stray mortars and i had some damage to my head and i lost my vision in one eye. my knees are messed up. they just got busted up more. so now we just try to keep everything healthy the best we can. >> how do you describe what came home to you? >> it wasn't pretty. >> michael, like the others have said, the person that came home was not the person that left.
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michael, he couldn't remember simple things. it was just -- it was like the light in his eyes had gone out. >> as a wife, the same person doesn't come back and oftentimes broken physically. >> that's correct. they're emotionally different. they're physically different. this is what is so hard for the couples to deal with. there's a lot of guilt with the soldier because he's not the person that his wife married. >> when i left i was in charge of everything. and then when i got home, i have to have someone tell me when to bathe. you don't remember if you took a bath or not. you can't drive anymore because you forget where the car is. now you're dependent on everybody for everything and you're mad at the world because
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that's not who you were. it's just difficult to overcome that. it's hard on her because you tend to blame your spouse for everything. you just don't know what's going on. your world is turned upside down. >> there's a lot of programs for the soldier and activities for the soldier to go do. there wasn't anything that included the spouses. that's why we decided, let's do something -- i don't want to duplicate something, greta, that somebody else is doing. let's try to do something different, and focusing on the marriage is different. >> everybody is like, oh, yay mike, the hero, but they don't see stephanie behind the scenes. she was the one doing the bills, signing the paperwork, tracking things down and making sure my recovery went well. >> master sergeant mike trough says his wife stephanie is the real hero in their marriage. she took the lead when mike was injured in afghanistan in 2012. >> we were escorting a united states aid international
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development representative. she wanted to see the schools to see if there was school being taught. we were in a little village called robot. we had six ail ban yan n.a.t.o. soldiers that were with us and 8 americans and 11 afghan national police. one of them was a taliban plant. he turned the machine gun on me and two other ail bane yan soldiers. i was shot five times with a machine gun. i lost my thumb and forefinger and shot both legs and both buttocks. it was a long road. >> when military member comes home injured, dynamics change, and we weren't sure how to deal with it. we had no clue how to deal with it. we had put up walls. we quit communicating. >> the wife is trying to explain to her husband or the husband is trying to explain to the wife if that's the case what they had
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been through and so forth, but the spouse doesn't understand what the soldier has gone through and the soldier doesn't understand what the spouse has gone through. what happens is these marriages are beginning to drift apart. >> sergeant merts met her husband in the marine corps. jennifer retired after four years of service but edward stayed in and she said his four combat deployments changed him. >> he was a completely different man when he returned. >> in what way? >> he was more distant. he didn't seem to care anymore about himself or others. it just wasn't the man i married. he wasn't as loving as he was before he left. >> there were some really dark times where i would drink all the time. i would come home from work and i would drink a 20-pack of beer. on the weekends i would sit on the couch or sit outside and
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that's all i would do was drink all day. it took her leaving me for me to truly understand what i had. >> marriage is tough even under the best of circumstances. but you take an injury that now changes that person. that's not the person you married. and you've had these long deployments where you've been separated. these marriages, greta, need help. they need help. >> our brave soldiers and marines put their lives on the line for us every day. their spouses know the risk of injury or death always near, but nothing can compare them for that dreaded phone call. steph, how did you hear that mike was hurt? >> he called me from the operating room when he was in recovery, and he wanted to tell me himself. he didn't want me to find out from the army so we had one of his troops get a cell phone for him and he called me very morphined up. >> my sergeant was holding my
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hand and he said how are you doing, sergeant. i said fine, get a phone because i wanted to tell my wife. >> what were the words that came across? >> i can't say on the air. actually when i came out of the spa i had 19 missed calls from a restricted number. >> 19? >> yeah. they kept calling me over and over. so i knew when i looked at the phone that something happened. i just sat in my car and waited. it was probably about a minute and the phone rang again and i answered it and i heard his sergeant in the background say, master sergeant, she answered. and then it took him a while to speak because of the medication he was on and then he finally came up and told me. >> were you comfortable that he thought he was going to live or did it cross your mind that he might not live? >> his injuries were very serious and when i first talked to the doctors at kandahar, the first medical reports were that he was critical. >> i was actually in college station playing soft ball when i got the phone call. >> who called you and what was said? >> one of his battle buddies, i
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guess he was one of the people that comes to your house. since i wasn't there he talked to my oldest and my oldest, he gave her the phone and she was like, mom, i got some bad news. i lost it, because i'm like why is she calling me saying she got bad news about dad. i knew i had just talked to him earlier that morning. one of my other friends got the phone and that's when they told her that chuck had been shot. >> did they tell you how seriously? >> yeah, yeah. told me he was shot in the abdomen and it wasn't good. and once i actually got to talk to the doctors, that's when they told me they was going to give him two hours. >> two hours to live? >> to live, yeah. >> my daughter-in-law, when she got the phone call that my son
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was injured, greta, you don't know -- you're not talking to the doctor right then. so you don't know and you're left in a vacuum of darkness for hours. you just don't know. and for me as a dad, it's tough. it's tough for me, but just think what it does for the wives and the children of these soldiers and the injuries and the pain and suffering they've been through. that's why we want to help them here. i can't help them all, but these ten a week that come here, these ten couples, i can do something about that. >> we were on our last leg. i mean, we had exhausted everything and, i mean, it's like a pilot running out of fuel. you either ditch the plane or you eject. the only problem is we didn't have room for both of us to eject. i wanted to just leave the whole
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situation and let her get on with her life. >> we have seen, greta, by the end of the week couples that had not talked to each other, held each other's hand, had not slept together for the first time in the same room in the same bed and there's no distractions, no television, no internet. they're kind of forced to talk. i think once they start talking and all of a sudden i think they kind of remember what it was like when they first met each other. a lot of these soldiers come up here and they think that they're the only ones going through what they're going through because they don't have that kind of support group of other wounded soldiers to hang with. and so when they're up here they're sitting around this room right here discussing their problems that they're facing with their marriages, the problems they're facing with their kids or the problems they're facing with their meds that they're taking and they didn't know that there were other people that they could talk to. >> did you find out why your
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spouse is so weird? you watch him do things and then all of a sudden you feel like, that's why they're like that. >> the classes and the content is all professionally done, so by the military, by chaplains who have served in the military. >> mark lang is the program manager in alaska. >> these guys connect with especially the chaplains. >> that implies that we failed and what is the thing that men fear the most? shame and dishonor. >> most of these couples don't know each other when they come up here, and so they get new friends and the women have a chance to talk to the other women. the guys have opportunities to share with each other which is really awesome, talk about their injuries and different things they go through. so they gain knowledge from each other and there's a comradery
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that develops during the course of the week. it's life changing for the people. coming up next, experts believe as many as 20% of iraq and afghanistan vets suffer from ptsd. you'll hear directly from our heros and their spouses about the struggles they experience. plus, we've had them come off the airplane fighting and you just wonder how in the world are you going to get through the week with this. >> can these marriages be saved? all that when this on the record special, the next battle, when our heros come home, returns. over 12,000 financial advisors. so, how are things? good, good. nearly $800 billion dollars in assets under care. let me just put this away. how did edward jones get so big? could you teach our kids that trick? by not acting that way. ok, last quarter... it's how edward jones makes sense of investing. ♪
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i love alaska. i have since the first time i came here in 1973. it's a land of breathtaking beauty and excitement.
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so when samaritan's purse president invited me to spend a week with wounded warriors, i didn't hesitate. i grabbed my husband and my colleague, he grabbed his camera and we headed to alaska. >> we're headed to the national park brooks falls this morning with five of our veteran couples from operation heal our patriots. brooks falls is the most photographed area for alaska brown bears feeding on salmon so we're excited and ready to go. there are some big sows with cubs. it's like being in the zoo. >> it is nature. >> that's true. >> the plan is we are now going to go bear hunting. by bear hunting i mean we all
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have our cameras. we're going to get up close, not too personal but up close with all the bears. >> we're currently here at the bear trail waiting for an adult bear to leave the area outside of the 50 yard line from the bridge. that gcx we can reapproach the bridge. >> that's a pretty big size bear. is yawning a size that they're stressed out? >> they'll yawn, their ears will go back, they'll move their jaw back and forth. >> i take it we walk rapidly if he or she comes this way? >> absolutely. >> it's pretty amazing, isn't it? >> beautiful. >> all right, folks, we can now head up to the corners. >> you'll see some bears. >> way out. >> no, you'll be pretty close to them. >> it's a wonderful time where the couples are just hand in
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hand, concentrating on each other. the focus is not fishing. the focus is not bear viewing. the focus is on the couples. >> this is awesome, unreal. >> these couples, these long deployments and the difficulty that it is for the marriages, that we needed to do something and this was something that samaritan's purse could do. so i thought about bringing soldiers up here just to take them fishing and bear viewing but other people said, franklin, why don't we think about the marriage enrichment. >> you see the first day they come in there's a little trepidation. by thursday you see these folks just really developing relationships. for instance, this morning, i
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had one of the veterans tell me this is the first time that he and his wife have slept together in the same bed in over seven years. the first time that they've held hands and walked down one of our board walks. and so you hear stuff like that and it's really encouraging. when you look around you see god's creation and the beauty. you're away from the distractions of the world and you're seeing nature in its purest form. so it really sets the stage. coming up next, the wounded warriors challenge me to take the polar plunge. >> if she beats me you have to jump in the lake with us. >> so am i brave enough to actually do it? you know, if you play football for a long time like i did,
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>> ptsd, we're learning more every day about the horrors of posttraumatic stress syndrome or ptsd. experts believe that upwards of 20% of iraq and afghanistan veterans suffer from it, but in reality, that figure may be much higher. we heard about it first hand from some of our bravest heros and their spouses. >> during -- of course after the first invasion, i came back and no one really talked about ptsd. but there was something wrong. it took me going to the mall with my wife and i had a huge anxiety attack and that's when we first started finding out about ptsd. >> nearly 120,000 u.s. soldiers
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who fought in iraq and afghanistan had been diagnosed with ptsd. those who suffer often feel debilitating guilt, have trouble concentrating and are at higher risk for suicide. >> i had a lot ever nightmares with ptsd and then my last tour in afghanistan we hit an ied in the southern hellman province. i was later diagnosed with tbi and ptsd of course. been on various medications trying to get it all under control. >> it was our kids and their wives and we didn't know if it was a good idea for us to be around the grandkids anymore. the issues i was having were so bad. the whole family started to disintegrate. there wasn't anything left. >> what were the issues? >> not being able to remember and being very angry when things weren't the way i wanted it.
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i mean, everything has to be exactly how i need it or i get very upset and then not remembering what she says and not remembering where i put things. >> i have tbi, ptsd due to repeat exposure to ied blasts and detonations. i suffer from migraines, memory issues, insomnia. >> ron and mary ann perez are both active duty marines. >> after my first deployment which i was primarily infrantan we lost a lot of guys out there to ieds and i knew that i would be called to go back to combat. i felt like every ied, every bomb that i disarmed, that was one young man, young woman, husband, wife, son or daughter that was going to come home.
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that allowed me to deal with the horrors and the tragedies of war and be able to look at myself in the mirror every night. >> most of the veterans battling ptsd are struggling to overcome physical injuries at the same time. >> i also dislocated my shoulder. i tore 80% of my leg and my bicep. there was extra bone and extra cartilage. it took two reconstructive surgeries. >> thumbs are really important, you don't really know until you've lost one. i was kind of down for a while and my physical therapist, molly said -- she took my shoes because i didn't want to play that day and so she threw them at me and she goes get your shoes on and we're going down to physical therapy. i go, how am i supposed to tie my shoes? and she's like, you got to figure it out. i'm like, you're a hard woman. she's like, you know it's not going to get any easier. that day i really made a
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conscious decision, like i'm going to try. so i got a pen and got my shoes and would try them over and over and over again just so i could learn how to tie them and i can tie my shoes now with this hand. >> i used to hate to get up. i didn't want to go to therapy. the therapist used to come down and scream at me every day. i rolled down there unwillingly. there was a 19, 20-year-old kid sitting in a chair. he was with his brother. he had no arms, no legs, and he was just as happy as anybody in there. he was cracking jokes. every day i would go down there and i would see him and he was the same way every day. i was like, i got two arms, my mind, i got one leg. i don't have anything to be sad or mad about. from that day forward, my attitude just, like, changed overnight. i wanted to go talk to people. i wanted to go encourage people. >> so many of these couples feel
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that they're the only ones going through this and that no one else understand and all of a sudden here they're with nine other couples that, yeah, we have that same problem. >> these military families are already under incredible stress. when one of them is injured, the last thing they need is a hassle getting healthcare. but we now know many vets are waiting months or even years to see a doctor. >> it's like they close the door and don't care. in the va system they have the caregiver program but you have a lot of coordinators that don't care and think that everyone is there for a handout. but we're really just there because we need help. >> these soldiers, a lot of them, the va can only take them so far. they're having to get treatment outside of the va, especially for pain. now these soldiers are able to network with one another, hey, listen, i've tried this and here's a doctor at this particular location that has been able to help me.
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i think that's valuable information for spouses to have. >> another source of frustration is finding suitable work after leaving the service. navy senior chief petty officer are ward tapp received a head injury and a broken back during deployments to the middle east. >> he was a heavy duty enforcement in the military. he was basically a physician's assistant. he would do surgery, give out medications, examine his guys, that sort of thing. >> he comes back and he goes to talk to people about a possible job and what do they say that would be a good job for him? >> actually one of the jobs he got was an semandwich assembler. they told him he would be good at subway. i think we had to pick his mouth off the floor. >> amy is with an organization that helps marines find jobs after they leave the corps. >> i think one of the biggest things is people understanding, number one, don't be afraid of what you're getting. you're getting a highly
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day? >> we're going to be climbing to the mountain top, me and my wife and one guy. >> now, you're going to beat your husband to the top, aren't you? >> of course i am. >> any doubt at all? >> no doubt. >> do you have any doubt? >> no, but the deal is if she beats me you have to jump in the lake with us. >> i'm rooting for you. that water is cold. >> that's part of the deal though. >> as a journalist, i needed to do some research before taking the plunge. >> how cold is it? >> it's warm. >> you liar. >> it's about 50 degrees. >> i'll go if you go. >> i will consider it. do you wear clothes or no clothes? >> we have to say clothes. >> i know they've been challenging you to jump in the lake with them. >> they keep saying they want me to join the polar bear club and i'm dodging it to tell you the truth. i don't know how long i can
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dodge it but anyway it looks cold. >> finally it was go time. >> i don't know what's going on. all i know is they want to do the polar plunge, and my daughter sissy is shaming me into do this. so i'm doing it and i'm going to do it with all of my friends here and we're going to jump in together. are you going in. >> i have my telephone on me. i don't want to break my telephone. otherwise i'd be happy to do it. >> reverend graham, it's been nice knowing you. whoa! oh! >> go, go! ahh! >> all right, good job! >> whoa!
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>> fantastic! >> oh, my god! i didn't know that water was that cold. >> you're going in. >> this is girl power, girl power. go, go, go, go! >> all right, tonya, what do you think? >> oh, my god. >> that was fantastic. and i would have jumped but i had to do the camera work. >> you don't have the camera now. >> today climbed a mountain and you beat him to the top of the mountain. >> i did, i beat him to the top of the mountain. >> i said that if you got to the top of the mountain first i'd jump in the water and i didn't quite do that. i didn't quite do that.
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>> but you were holding the camera. >> you're so sweet to defend me after teasing me about it. this guy is worth keeping. >> the polar plunge was not for me, but anyone can do fly fishing, right? >> the captain here, he's got a little special creek here. he says the fishing is hot. >> i caught something -- someone else's line. >> first fish of the day? >> yep, first fish of the day. >> are they going to get bigger? >> they will, much bigger. >> how badly do you want to outfish your husband? >> super bad. >> i'm just hoping to catch a fish. >> big boy.
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>> about a 12 to 14-inch arctic braylon. catch and release. >> congratulations! >> thank you. >> what do you got here? what's going on? >> we've got a beautiful lake trout. >> i got a fish! i got a fish! oh, that was so bad. that was the meanest ever. >> how many fish have you caught already? >> five. >> five? >> yes. >> pretty good sized one. >> okay, i caught one. >> what is this, five feet? >> pretty close, yeah. >> you probably are the champion fisherman this week? >> i am.
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i got 11 today so that was very exciting. i mean it's pretty unbelievable. they were biting really good though. >> our brave patriots fought to secure iraq and afghanistan. what do they think of the chaos spreading there now? >> it's just hard to watch, like watching your house burn. we've never sold a house before.
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december of 2011, the u.s. pulled its last combat troops out of iraq. less than three years later, the country is descending into chaos. a sunni insurgent group known as isis is seizing cities and murdering christians, among many others. >> this war on terror is not over by a long shot. just because we pulled out of iraq, you see the chaos that's
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now in iraq, that's going to come back again some time in the future, maybe the obama administration won't be dealing with it but the president down the road is going to have to deal with it. >> the u.s. launched air strikes and isis has begun executing american hostages. >> is there any sort of heart break as you watch what's going on in iraq and afghanistan right now? >> i have to be careful what i say because i'm still in the military. for me, i was there when mozul fell in 2004. i remember all the work that we did to regain. i kind of make it like watching your house burn. you're standing back and it's burning and there's nothing you can do. i've lost some friends over there, that tour, and it was a very rough tour. i've talked to a lot of different guys that's been there
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around the same time and it's just hard to watch. >> how about for you, steph? >> it is, it's very difficult. freedom is very precious and when you're on this side of it, you understand it more and more. >> it's a little troubling, it makes me a little bit angry but, you know, in the back of my mind, i guess, you know, you just kind of know it could happen. it's a little bit frustrating to me. i just deal with it. >> we did so much to help them and they didn't want us to stay, they wanted us out. now when it's all falling apart, they want us back. it sort of breaks your heart because once bitten, do you want to be bit twice? how much is enough? >> president obama plans to end the combat mission in
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afghanistan this december. but a recent insider attack murdered an american two-star general, worrying many that the u.s. is leaving afghanistan vulnerable to extremists. mill tanlts just waiting to cause the kind of chaos and violence now being seen in iraq. >> the islamists fanatics are there and as you know, the statistics are and the poles are that these numbers are growing worldwide. so the war on terror is not finished. there's going to be more suffering on our part and we need to pray for our military, pray for our leaders and pray for these young men and women who defend our freedom. >> from the atrocities of war to dealing with injuries back home, these brave patriots and their spouses face an uphill battle. >> i wanted her to leave the whole situation and let her get on with her life. >> so did samaritan's lodge help them mend their marriages? more of this special on the record is next. ase, please, please, please.
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>> samaritan's lodge alaska is set on spectacular lake clark way out in the alaskan wilderness. the lodge is stacked with motor boats, sea planes and kayaks. there's a huge mess hall with five star restaurant quality food and first class come dagsz for ten wounded warriors and their spouses. but it's much more than a nature retreat. it's a place where couples come to connect. >> it saved our marriage. we probably would have been going home and getting a divorce. we were planning for the worst, but we got the best. >> put it in perspective for me because you never want to -- you don't want to lose something that you love so much and it took a lot for me to realize that. she does want to be there. she does want to help me. she is the love of my life. >> is this week a good jump
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start for you? do you think this is really going to change your lives? >> these definitely changing our lives. we both had pushed ourselves away from friends, family and god for so long, and just coming this week has been amazing. we've reconnected. we're making wonderful, wonderful friends i know that we're going to have for life and we've recommitted ourselves to jesus christ last night as well. >> i want these couples to know that life does go on and that we are going to stand behind them. one of the things we try to do, greta, is after the soldier and his spouse have come, when they get back home is to follow through with them. we have chaplains that call them, how are you, how are the kids? you've been home now a couple of months, how is it going. >> it's very nice to see that it's not a catch and release program. they follow through and they stay with you.
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>> they don't think of themselves as heros and other people say that guy is worse than i've got it. they don't want pity. they don't want you to feel sorry for them. chuck was happy just to do it on his own. i'm proud of guys like that. and you want to do more for them. >> military life is tough, isn't it? >> it is. >> do you regret it? >> no. >> do you regret it? >> no, ma'am. i'm a first generation american, parents came from cuba, and i am very proud to be an american. i would do it again. somebody's got to make the sacrifice. >> years ago when i took over samaritan's purse a man by the name of bob pierce who founded it, i said, bob, how do you choose who you can help and who you can't help in life? he said, franklin, you cannot help everybody, but god will bring across your path those
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that you can help, and god will hold you responsible for those that he brings across your path. >> what they give you here is the most important thing you can give any wounded person. you can give them that short time of being normal like everybody else again. it doesn't matter what you look like or how you're hurt, you're the same as everybody else. >> god has intercepted our lives and it's for a reason, a purpose. he wants us to love them. he wants us to care for them. that's what he will do. god loves each and every one of us. and i want them to know that, and i want them to know that we love them, too. ♪ ♪
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today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil despicable acts of terror. well, it was a gorgeous day. the president arrived, just as usual for an

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